Posts Tagged ‘religious liberty’

The Universal Vocation to Holiness and Religious Liberty

Monday, October 31st, 2016

In the Creed we profess our belief in the communion of saints. This includes the holy ones in heaven who have gone before us exemplifying what it means to follow Christ, the faithful departed being purified for the Father’s house and for whom we now pray, and it can and should include each of us […] [Read more]

Welcome News … But the Fight Continues

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Earlier today, the United States Supreme Court, issued a per curiam ruling which vacates the judgments of appellate courts around the country that had upheld the HHS mandate against legal challenges brought by the Archdiocese of Washington and other religious employers. The Court’s order also returns those cases to the respective courts of appeal for […] [Read more]

The Legal Arguments for Religious Liberty in the Challenge to the HHS Mandate

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

As a follow-up to yesterday’s summary review of the major issues involved in the legal challenge to the HHS Mandate brought by the Archdiocese of Washington, its affiliated organizations and others, I would like now to share with you some of the specific legal arguments presented in the briefs filed with the Supreme Court. The […] [Read more]

Religious Liberty is Intrinsic to Human Dignity

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

The Church this year commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Declaration on Religious Freedom, Dignitatis Humanae, by the Second Vatican Council. Today especially a renewed commitment to the fundamental principles affirmed in this eminent document is needed. One of the hallmarks of our nation, which is made up of many peoples from different backgrounds and […] [Read more]

Remembering Who We Are As Catholics and Americans

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Today, Catholics from all backgrounds and all walks of life gathered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., for the closing Mass of the Fortnight for Freedom. I had the privilege of celebrating that Mass, and Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput delivered the homily. [Read more]

Our First President, Our First Bishop and Our First Freedom

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

It seems so fitting that the centerpiece of our local “Fortnight for Freedom” commemoration will be a June 24 “Celebration of Freedom” at the Charles E. Smith Center at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  That afternoon of prayer and celebration in support of religious freedom will take place at a university, and in […] [Read more]

Fortnight for Freedom

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

If you have not already visited our new website, sacredproperty.org, I invite you to take a look at it today. My hope is that it will be a sort of homepage for you in accepting my invitation to join me and all of our American bishops in a “Fortnight for Freedom.” The Fortnight will be […] [Read more]

Many Rights

Friday, June 1st, 2012

At the end of a Memorial Day Mass, celebrated here as elsewhere throughout the United States, the celebrant waited at the back of the large tent set up at the cemetery to greet the many, many people who came to remember and to pray.  A woman with tears in her eyes waited her turn, and […] [Read more]